Gilat Satellite Networks, a leading developer and seller of VSAT satellite ground stations and related equipment, is happy to announce that Spacenet Inc. — the company’s wholly owned subsidiary — has won a multi-year contract worth $20 million from one of the world’s leading delivery service organizations to upgrade and deliver network connectivity to more than 5,700 locations. The contract is said to include an option to extend the five-year base period of performance for three additional periods of three-years, which sums up a total potential contract period of 14 years.
The contract is said to be part of a main initiative to lessen overall operating costs at the delivery service organization, at the same time enhancing the user experience at every location. Spacenet’s contract includes providing more than 1,900 sites with broadband connectivity and more than 3,800 sites with satellite-based VSAT technology.
“For more than a decade, Spacenet has provided a variety of managed network services to this organization,” said Spacenet President and CEO, Glenn Katz. “Our knowledge and experience with satellite-based services long enabled our client to provide high-speed connectivity at locations out of reach of terrestrial networks. Now, like many organizations having geographically disparate locations, this organization is embracing the expansion of cost-effective broadband options all across the country and has selected Spacenet as one of its vendors to achieve its goals. Our broad portfolio of network offerings, industry relationships and technology-neutral approach enables Spacenet to offer optimal solutions on a site-by-site basis.”
RuSat — a primary satellite service provider for enterprise customers, Internet service providers, and government agencies in Russia — is introducing a new satellite broadband service with the use of Newtec’s latest VSAT hub and end-user terminal technology. The new service allows for a high-speed, competitive broadband connectivity all over the Russian territory using Gazprom Space System’s Yamal-402 satellite which was sent into orbit last month.
Formerly, the only VSAT services available in Russia were expensive and offered in limited areas of the country. Raduga Internet is the very first ISP that utilizes RuSat’s service to offer Internet services to the consumer market.
“We have made an extensive market analysis and selected Newtec’s VSAT technology for our new satellite broadband service. We are impressed by the ease of use, the bandwidth efficiency and the price attractiveness of the end-user terminal,” RuSat General Director Sergey Alymov said in a statement. “This means we can keep our service pricing as low as possible for our customers without jeopardizing quality. That is key! Additionally, Newtec has an excellent reputation for equipment reliability and customer service so we are pleased to partner with them.”
Even though RuSat service uses Ku band, Newtec’s terminals for its high-speed VSAT broadband technology can be upgraded easily to operate in Ka band. All it takes is a simple change of Newtec’s interactive LNB, without any hardware adaptation to the satellite modem or the antenna.
“The Russian VSAT broadband market is experiencing a real boost as more capacity becomes available over a wider geographic area,” Newtec CEO Serge Van Herck said. “We are proud that we can help RuSat offer market leading satellite broadband services and this at a very competitive price point both for the professional and the consumer market.
Belgium Satellite Services (BSS), a leading satellite communications provider in the European and Asian market, has just signed a new long-term capacity contract with Eutelsat Communications to provide 46 MHz of C-band capacity on the EUTELSAT 10A satellite.
The company said that the new contract exhibits BSS’s effort to improve and develop its activity and services in Africa and the Middle East, preceding its recent acquisition of African and Middle East satellite-based data solutions provider, Intersat. The new capacity for the EUTELSAT 10A will enable Belgium Satellite Services to expand their VSAT services for client base exceeding 150 businesses, NGOs, government administrations built by INTERSAT in over 25 countries in Africa and the Middle East, and to develop new business. BSS will manage the networks with the use of its teleport in Lessive, Belgium and cutting-edge ground station equipped with the latest iDirect technology.
“We are happy to take our strong 10-year relationship with Eutelsat to the next level,” Belgium Satellite Services CEO Nitin Dhawan said in a company statement. “This is important for BSS as the acquisition of Intersat has significantly expanded the scope of our business. Thanks to the extensive C-band footprint on Eutelsat 10A satellite we can build a strong platform for service provision across the African continent and the Middle East. We are now positioned to strengthen our response to businesses and multinationals in demanding enterprise sectors, including the banking sector, that need secure and scalable networks. The new capacity enables us to consolidate our long-term positioning in this part of the world, boosting our international expansion.”
Meanwhile, Eutelsat’s CCO Jean-François Leprince-Ringuet added, “This new contract with BSSfurther anchors EUTELSAT 10Ain dynamic regions across Africa and the Middle East. We are delighted that itsperformance and coverage will enable BSS to accelerate its growth and that our longstanding partner has renewed its confidence in us with this new lease.“
Marlink, a leading satellite communications provider of maritime customers, has recently developed a rapid system of installing that would cut costs for various clients and shipping companies. The new VSAT installation method, according to Marlink, already ensures that a vessel will be connected to and ready for both data and voice traffic in just 24 hours. This new antenna installation and commissioning system outfits a vessel with the company’s more popular WaveCall standardized VSAT service.
Marlink is banking on this new system to draw in more clients since the 24-hours installations means you can install the system just about anywhere, including the scheduled-port calls of a ship. Operation schedules of the vessel will be unaffected by the new VSAT installation procedures. According to Marlink, its team of highly-trained engineers can board a ship and equip it for connectivity in just a day. However, the client must agree to process in advance.
The installation method already includes the customer installation document, testing of gyro and power connections, and the mounting of antennas and other equipment. Customers can also track the installation stages online through Marlink’s web portal. According to Marling, support from the operators of the vessel before and after the installation procedure is necessary for its success.
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